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In Ghana, two years of preprimary education, known as kindergarten, is required but the quality of both government-run and private schools aimed at low-income families is poor and most kindergarten teachers are untrained. Parents also tend to assess kindergarten quality based on physical infrastructure rather than whether classroom practices are developmentally-appropriate, and they rarely engage with school staff. A government-supported pilot program sought to improve quality through teacher training and coaching and special meetings for parents.

The SIEF-supported impact evaluation found that the teacher training and coaching increased teachers’ use of the child-based curriculum and improved children’s school readiness, including literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional skills. Many of the impacts continued a year after the program ended. The parent awareness, however, wasn’t effective at all. The research team is working closely with policymakers, civil society organizations, and education specialists throughout Ghana on ways to incorporate the results to improve education quality across the country’s kindergarten system. Read more here.
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SIEF researchers in the news

Education has long been notoriously slow to change. But as the World Bank’s education lead Harry Patrinos told Devex at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai, "the race is now being led by technology, and education is having trouble keeping up.” Patrinos is a SIEF researcher on an evaluation looking at the impacts of on student learning of a different education model used by a private school in Mexico aimed at low-income students.

Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, with a population of more than 200 million, has among the lowest per-capita incomes in the country and infant and child mortality rates are especially high. The Government of Uttar Pradesh, which seeks to improve its health care system, is piloting social accountability interventions and considering them for scale-up as part of a World Bank-supported project. Manoj Mohanan, a Duke University professor and the SIEF principal investigator for the impact evaluation, was interviewed about the project in Duke’s newsletter.
Jumana Qamruddin, a World Bank senior health specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice and a SIEF researcher, discussed with ReliefWeb the program she is leading in Madagascar to reduce chronic malnutrition. The program includes an impact evaluation, in which Qamruddin is involved.

 

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